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Electric invertebrates program

Teacher checklist


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DoE $22 per student - GST free

Non-gov school cost $32 per student - GST free, minimum charge $600

Risk assessment

Risk management plan

COVID-19 safety plan

All staff and adult visitors must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination. 

School preparation

Please provide one learning space, with a smart board, for all participating classes for the duration of the day. The space needs to accommodate multiple classes.

Supporting resources

Invertebrate Explorer - available free from Apple Books

Fact sheets

Medical or special needs

Notify Field of Mars staff prior to excursion. 

Students, staff and visitors must not attend if unwell, even with mild symptoms. 

Extreme or wet weather

Days predicted to be above 35ºC, high winds, extreme bush fire danger and dust storms may result in the excursion being modified, postponed or cancelled. 


Cancellations with less than three school weeks' notice will incur a $500 administration fee. This does not apply to cancellations due to weather,  fire danger or COVID-19 restrictions.

Suggested timetable

Actual times may vary.



9.30 - 11.00

Session 1

11.30 - 1.00

Session 2 

1.30 - 3.00

Session 3

Learning activities

Students will investigate observable features of invertebrates and create digital artwork using a stylus and iPad. 

Inquiry questions

  • What invertebrates live in the school?
  • How can we make digital artworks of them?

Invertebrate investigation 

The focus of this session is for students to work cooperatively to conduct an investigation, using simple equipment, to explore and discover invertebrates living in the school grounds. Students will work in small groups to search for and collect invertebrates in the gardens within the school. 

Collected specimens will then be examined using personal magnifiers and identified using ID charts. Some of the collected invertebrates will be magnified onto a smart board and features and adaptations explained.

Electric bugs

After careful observation and study of an invertebrate students create an observational drawing of one using a stylus and iPad. Students will use a number of apps to manipulate their created image. 

Images will be downloaded and provided to the school as a digital copy. 

Time permitting students will display their artworks for a short exhibition allowing students to appreciate and evaluate their works.

Syllabus outcomes and content

Creative Arts K-6 Syllabus (2006)

Outcomes and content

A student:

  • VAS2.1 represents the qualities of experiences and things that are interesting or beautiful by choosing among aspects of subject matter
    • focuses on details of subject matter and areas of beauty, interest, awe, wonder and delight 
  • VAS2.2 uses the forms to suggest the qualities of subject matter
    • experiments with techniques in painting, drawing, photography, digital and video to create particular effects to suggest such things as close-ups, middle distance and long distance views, mood and atmosphere, light and dark suited to how subject matter may be interpreted

Other syllabus links

Learning experiences will also support but not explicitly teach the following outcomes and content.

Science and Technology K-6 Syllabus (2017)


A student:

  • questions, plans and conducts scientific investigations, collects and summarises data and communicates using scientific representations ST2-1WS-S
  • compares features and characteristics of living and non-living things ST2-4LW-S



  • describe how living things depend on each other and the environment to survive (ACSSU073)

Creative Arts K-6 Syllabus © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2006

Science and Technology K-6 Syllabus © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2017